What: In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday Downtown Calgary is hosting a FREE all ages interactive light festival to kick off this special year. There will be a variety of art installations created by local artists, along with family-friendly activities and workshops all located at various locations throughout downtown.
Where: Downtown Calgary: see website for exact locations
What: If you saw the Netflix Original, “The Crown” you’ll be familiar with the Queen’s famous weekly meeting with the Prime Minister, called an audience. This spectacular performance will replay some of the most famous audience’s throughout Queen Elizabeth’s reign, with many familiar political faces making an appearance, such as Churchill, Thatcher, Cameron and more. Take a peak at the woman behind the crown, the most famous and influential yet private woman in the world.
What: Calling all Treckkies! Having opened on February 4, Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience will be at TELUS Spark until June 4, 2017. Upon entering the exhibit, you’ll become a Starfleet Academy cadet recruit.
What: The 3rd annual Asian Night Market will be held this weekend at the Marda Loop Community Association Hall. This event will be co-hosted by the Chinese Students Society and the Vietnamese Students Association from the University of Calgary. At this event, each club will be preparing different authentic snacks and dishes that the general public will be able to try.
Where: Marda Loop Community Association Hall – 3130 16 Street SW
When: Saturday, February 18 from 6 to 9pm
Cost: 1 ticket for $2, 3 tickets for $5, 10 tickets for $10.
What: Now that winter seems to have finally settled in for the long haul, it’s time for the winter activities to commence. Grab a few friends, some hot chocolate and bundle up in your warmest, yet stylish winter attire and go skating on one of Calgary’s many outdoor rinks that are well maintained by either the city or volunteers within the community. Don’t own a pair of skates? Rent a pair at your nearest outdoor center or at specific rinks around the city – see website more for details!
What: Calgary’s only tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and it opens for the season on Saturday, December 17. The park is located on the main hill, which allows tubers to take advantage of the washrooms, eateries, retail store and other amenities located in the Frank King Day Lodge. It features 10 lanes, each of which are 200 metres in length.
What: Calgary’s favourite, cozy and delicious foodie festival is back for the 6th year in a row! During the entire month of February, be sure to warm up by checking out your favourite cafes, sweet shops and restaurants for their unique spin on everyone’s beloved winter drink. The best part is that a portion of every drink will go towards supporting Calgary Meals on Wheels, an even better reason to indulge in some warm chocolate goodness!
Where: At participating locations
When: The entire month of February
Cost: Price of the Hot Chocolate + $1 will be donated to Meals on Wheels
What: Take a stroll through the Window Galleries of the Arts Commons and see this beautiful exhibit that includes works by Jaime Erin Johnson, Emma Powell, and Juilee Pryor. The gallery brings together the aesthetics of the traditional photographic process of Cyanotype photography, also called blue print, and the different views of the female identity, body and spirit.
Where: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)
One of the most ancient, and still very practical, means of transportation in frigid climates, dog sledding is an activity Canada is famous for. Luckily for us, a short drive away in Canmore there are three different companies that offer dog sledding tours in the scenic Rocky Mountains.
Howling Dog Tours, Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions, and Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours all offer incredible, personalized experiences. Try out a tour this winter and take part in a long standing Canadian tradition.
What: Come see this all-male company that has been named one of the hottest dance companies in the world. They will be performing “Life,” choreographed by internationally acclaimed choreographers Javier de Frutos and Pontus Lidberg, a performance that will explore the world around us with a dynamic energy and cultural artery in their distinguished style of contemporary dance.
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
When: February 16 to 18
Hit the Slopes
Begin your New Year by crossing off that pesky “get in shape” goal that seems to weasel it’s way onto your list of resolution’s every year, by hitting the slopes and spending some time in the good ol’ outdoors. There is no better feeling then coming home with rosy cheeks and lungs filled with fresh mountain air as you spend quality time with friends and family. Take a road trip and spend the day skiing or snowboarding at one of Alberta’s best hills, SunshineVillage, Lake Louise, Nakiska or Mount Norquay, or make a weekend out of it by renting a cabin in the heart of the mountains. Be sure to check the websites to see what exciting events are happening on each hill throughout the month.
What: The Roughnecks just recently unveiled their Star Wars themed Jersey’s to play at a game earlier this year, how sweet is that! In all seriousness the Roughnecks are killing it this season and could use your support during their 3 home games this month!
What: This beautiful boutique, located in the historic Dewall Block, has become a local favorite over the past year and on February 18th they are inviting you to celebrate with them! There will be an all-day candy bar, along with $1 coffee from Calgary Heritage Roasting Co & tea from Tearrific. You will get the opportunity to shop some of your favorite local artists and there may even be a surprise pop-up shop throughout the day. Stay tuned on social for more details!
What: Fishing is a great Winter and Summer activity that is perfect for the whole family. Kick-off your long weekend by learning the basics of fishing through games, fun activities and various workshops happening throughout the day so you can be a pro next time you venture out on the water.
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE
When: Saturday, February 18
Cost: Indoor activities: $5/person (Children 3 and under – FREE), Outdoor Activities FREE
What: For all those 90’s babies out there, this concert should bring back vivid memories for you! Their new album “Afraid of Heights” is the band’s fifth studio album and the most recent work that they have produced in 4 years. Come see them perform in a rocking concert as they come back better than ever before!
What: This free event may be just what the whole family needs this Family Day weekend. With musicians, magicians, face painting, carnival games, ice carving and an artisan market – there’s no such thing as a dull moment.
What: Museums, local history, horse-drawn carriage rides, snacks and musical performances – what more could you want? Celebrating the history of Calgary at Fort Calgary is a great reminder of how lucky we all are to be Canadian, and everyone should get to experience that!
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9th Avenue SE
When: February 20 from 10am to 4pm
Go for brunch!
You can never go wrong with Sunday brunch, or rather brunch on any day of the week! It makes for a great date or if you looking for a place to catch up with old friends that won’t break the bank after the holidays. Bonding over benny is a real thing! Here are a few spots that are either new to Calgary’s brunch scene or are not your classic brunch spots that you have been to millions of times before.